Get fit for 2018 with these futuristic, workout-ready earbuds [Deals]

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These future ready earbuds offer a long-lasting soundtrack to your 2018 resolution to get in shape.
These future ready earbuds offer a long-lasting soundtrack to your 2018 resolution to get in shape.
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Welcome to the new year. Without effort, it may look a lot like the last one. But if you’re willing to put in the work, this could be the year you finally get in the shape you want. And it’s a lot easier to drop weight when you can carry great tunes with you.

Apple Patents New Headphones With Built-In Loudspeakers

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How awesome would these be?
How awesome would these be?

Apple may have just launched the EarPods, undoubtedly the Cupertino company’s best earphones yet, but it’s already hard at working on something better. In a new patent filing, Apple demonstrates its work towards a new set of headphones that would have built-in loudspeakers. The design allows you to quickly switch between headphones for personal use, and a set of speakers for sharing your favorite tracks with your friends.

Exotic Earphone Face-off: Thinksound ts02+Mic, MEElectronics CC51P [Review, Face-off]

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If you caught our canalphone roundup a few weeks back, you’ve by now come to the accurate realization that there’s no shortage of real alternatives to those awful white buds bundled with each iPhone. But these two are a little different.

Like the five we reviewed that week, these two pairs of IEMs — the MEElectronics CC51 ($90) and the Thinksound ts02+mic ($110)— are higher-end, designed with superior sound quality in mind and cost around $100. But unlike the others, these two are from small, boutique manufacturers; they also both have housings made from exotic materials (the CC51’s is ceramic, while the ts02’s is wood), and eschew the inline volume controls of the pairs of reviewed in the $100 IEM week, instead making do with a single control button on their inline microphones.